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Service and Education in the Heart of Africa: Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda; Musanze, Rwanda (Outgoing Program)
|Restrictions:||Concordia College applicants only|
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Duration:||38 Days||Program Leader:||Bill Snyder, Patricia Gulsvig|
|Program Type:||Summer Field Studies||Course:||Global Studies 360G or Education 330GS|
|Study Away Advisor:||Darin Stromstad||Cost:||$4,900 plus $2,920 Tuition|
If you are adventurous, flexible, and curious, and if you are looking for a May program that promises to be eventful, challenging, and rewarding, Service and Education in the Heart of Africa is definitely for you. While in Rwanda, a beautiful and interesting country with a fascinating culture and history, you'll meet warm and friendly people and you’ll live BREW through five life-changing weeks of service and learning.
Though Rwanda is a poor country and though the aftermath of the 1994 genocide permeates Rwandan society, it is organized, peaceful and safe. And it is beautiful—with its people, its verdant hills, its towering volcanoes, its deep, blue lakes, and its classic, African wildlife.
All food, lodging, and transportation—even water—is included in the cost; you'll only need out-of-pocket funds for the occasional snack and for buying gifts to bring home to family and friends. Tentative departure is on May 8 with a tentative return on June 14 after thirty-eight exciting, memorable, life changing days in Rwanda.
GS 360G: After an orientation program in and around Kigali, including visits to markets, genocide memorials, and Akagera Game Park, we’ll spend four weeks with service activities. Mornings, we’ll teach PE, arts, music, and English at SOS Children's Village Primary School, or teach in the SOS kindergarten. We’ll spend afternoons volunteering with House Mothers in training, focusing on games, songs, and crafts: the art and benefits of play. No special training or experience is needed.
We’ll be busy. When time is available, we'll make morning visits to craft coops, the Kigali public library, and to Kigali center. On weekends, we'll travel to Butare in the south to visit the National Museum, a genocide memorial and an ice cream coop; to Musanze in the north to visit Wisdom Primary School, a school for deaf children, and Ubushubozi, a seamstress coop; and to Kibuye for a scenic and relaxing weekend on Lake Kivu in the west.
Ed 330SG: After sharing the orientation program with GS 360G, we will spend our first full week in Kigali followed by a week each in Byumba and Musanze. Our days will be full, visiting government and private schools as well as exploring our surroundings.
Our final week we return to SOS in Kigali to make final school visits and work on the final project. Each location will provide insights on a country that is focused on improving the lives of its citizens through education and economic development that attends to environmental concerns. Rwanda provides a window into the complexities and challenges of a country on the grow and the role that education plays in accomplishing the nations goals.
GS 360G and Ed 330SG: During Spring semester and orientation in Rwanda, we will be provided with an introduction to the culture and history of Rwanda through readings and films, and we’ll be provided information about what to bring and what to expect.
On weekends in Rwanda, both groups will travel together to Butare in the south to visit the National Museum, a genocide memorial and an ice cream coop; to Musanze in the north to visit Wisdom Primary School, a school for deaf children, and Ubushubozi, a seamstress coop; and to Kibuye for a scenic and relaxing weekend on Lake Kivu in the west.